The poverty of the concept of ‘poverty eradication’

Solly Robert Benatar


It is clear that the World Bank definition of poverty is outdated and requires revision. A brief review of how poverty and income levels are defined is offered to provide insight into the shortcomings of such definitions and into what ‘eradicating poverty in all its forms’ would mean if considered within more realistic boundaries.

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Solly Robert Benatar, Bioethics Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Joint Centre for Bioethics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada

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Poverty; Eradication; World Bank; definition

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(1):16-17. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i1.10417

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Date submitted: 2015-12-01
Date published: 2015-12-16

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